Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration, Hearing Before the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, Second Session to Receive Testimony from the Administration on Issues Related to Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration, Including the Accident Involving the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, May 18, 2010   [open pdf - 175KB]

From the opening statement of Jeff Bingaman: "This is the second hearing on the continuing disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The purpose of this and future hearings is to understand the cascade of failures that caused the catastrophic blowout of the oil well that was being drilled by the Deepwater Horizon rig, and to determine what Congress needs to do to ensure that it never happens again. Last week, we heard from 2 distinguished technical experts, and also from the heads of the 3 industrial firms responsible for the disaster, on what some of those failures might have been. Next week, we will have a hearing on the issue of liability for damages. But, today we have a chance to hear from the Secretary of Interior Salazar and his senior team in charge of responding to this catastrophic failure. I'd like to focus the hearing on the role of regulatory failure in causing the catastrophe, along with the failure of technological systems and the failure by people who were operating those systems. Regulatory failure is one of the 3 key interlocking failures that I believe are at the heart of this problem." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jeff Bingaman, Lisa Murkowski, Ken Salazar, David Hayes, Wilma Lewis, and Liz Birnbaum.

Report Number:
S. Hrg. 111-653, Pt. 2; Senate Hearing 111-653, Part 2
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Government Printing Office, Congressional Hearings: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/chearings/index.html
Media Type:
Help with citations